Pause. Rest. Reflect on who Christ is to you. Open your heart to Him. Worship. Bow. Adore Him. Let His life-giving Spirit come to you.
Now read and reflect.
Put On the New Self – ESV
Colossians 3:1-4 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is your[a] life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
He Is Your Life – Message
3 1-2 So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective.
3-4 Your old life is dead. Your new life, which is your real life—even though invisible to spectators—is with Christ in God. He is your life. When Christ (your real life, remember) shows up again on this earth, you’ll show up, too—the real you, the glorious you. Meanwhile, be content with obscurity, like Christ.
Why did Jesus Christ create you and call you to Himself?
What we saw in the Lord of the Rings and to trailer we took a look at back in January is that Frodo was given a part to play that was his alone. As a Christian you have been given a part to play that is yours alone. In general terms that means that you and I represent Christ before the waiting world now and in the future. In the process He is preparing you and I for His Kingdom to come.
Reflect on those thoughts for a moment. How are you receiving that right now? What are the implications for you and where you are in your life right now?
Whatever thoughts He gave you–let them sink in. He wants to know you and I am sure you want to know Him and be used for His glory. Contemplate how He might use you right now.
God wants you to engage your domain. We’ve looked at what domain means but let’s reflect on that for a moment. Those in your domain would be your family, you church, you small group, discipleship group, Bible study, and other groups or people including the non-Christians around you. God wants to have impact in you and around you. He has given you a role to play in revealing and representing Christ. He will bless you and use you in whatever context you are in right now and in the future.
He has used me in many contexts. I went into a ministry with Campus Crusade right out of college. I then went back to school and during that time became choir director in a black church (I am a white guy). I’ve worked in the health care industry and now for an electric utility. I serve as elder in my church and been involved in couple care, leading life groups, and discipleship. Through and intensive discipleship process, I experienced some of the truth I am covering in 2013 here. Vocationally, I have had many roles but my impact is how I help others know and grow the in a relationship with Christ. God has used me in all the roles I listed. My ultimate impact is how well I follow Christ and impact those around me for loving and serving Him.
How is God using you? Are there places where you could be used but are not today? What are they?
Where could you engage others in strength and love in your vocation or in groups around you?
Please don’t get overwhelmed. You were created for your part to play in God’s grand design. Seek Him and he will support you in refining what that is in your domain. Realize that this life is just a warm up. But, it is important in your preparation to live and reign with Him forever.
Any time you see LR in the title of a blog this year, it stands for Lord of the Rings. It’s a hint that the blog is about the themes delivered in the Lord of the Rings trailer.
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